Alex Cross is on vacation in San Francisco with his girlfriend, Jamilla Hughes, when he gets the call. The Russian supercriminal known as the Wolf claims responsibility for the blast.
Major cities around the globe are threatened with total destruction. The Wolf has proven he can do it; the only question is, can anyone stop him in time? Surveillance film of the blast reveals the presence of another of Alex Cross' most dangerous enemies, the ruthless assassin known as the Weasel.
World leaders have just four days to prevent an unimaginable cataclysm. Joining forces with Scotland Yard and Interpol, Alex fights his way through a torrent of false leads, impersonators, and foreign agents before he gets close to the heart of the crimes. Racing down the hairpin turns of the Riviera in the most unforgettable finale James Patterson has ever written, Alex Cross confronts the truth of the Wolf's identity, a revelation that even Cross himself may be unable to survive.
©2004 James Patterson; (P)2004 Time Warner AudioBooks
Having read and thoroughly enjoyed the "Big Bad Wolf" by Patterson, I was looking forward to reading "London Bridges". However, it turned out to be more a completely unrealistic, out-of-character, linear story full of supervillians set on world domination. This would work much better as a comic book.
This is possibly one of the worst James Patterson books I have listened to. I used to really love the Alex Cross series. They were intelligent and engrossing while maintaining enough realism to make the story seem plausible. However, the Wold character is perhaps the silliest, most over the top and uninteresting villians that Cross has faced. In fact, most of Patterson's recent books have been incresingly outlandish and lacking in realism, culminating in this work.
This book has a James Bond type plot, but is 10 times too long, and lacks any of the fun of Bond. Poorly written, illogical, overlydramatic, and uses gimmicks in the reading. Over 100 chapters (puullease!), each introduced w "dramatic" sound effects.
Truely, one of the worst books I listened to from Audible. Don't waste your money.
Having read all of the Alex Cross books to date, it seems as if even the main character, Alex, is getting weary of the repetativeness of the plots.
Once again, this is part two of a serialized story, big bad guys involved, some romance but predicatable (Alex can never settle down and besides all his girlfriends get either kidnapped or killed). The main story was a bit unbelievable concerning a megalomaniac who wants total global destruction for reasons that are never fully explained.
The narrator was good but that does not overcome the story.
Whilst I have read most of the Alex Cross series this one did not really hold my interest. The one thing that really did annoy me was the constant Chapter heading - with music - a simple chapter number would do.
I found the plot of this story very interesting, with some good twists that keep you engaged. The production is pretty annoying, with some kind of footsteps and strange voice introducing each chapter, followed by the chapter being enunciated clearly. Perhaps with another author this would be OK, but Patterson has more than a hundred chapters per book. In addition, there is a love seen between Alex Cross and his girl during which they insert sappy background music. Still, I recommend this as a fairly fast, engaging read.
Chapter 1. My name is James Patterson. I write books. I use short sentences.
Chapter 2. Not only are my sentences short, but my chapters are only a few paragraphs long. Detail is not something I like.
Chapter 3. I don't understand the whole character development thing. All my characters are static and flat. The good guys Is ultra super cool, and the bad guy is really bad.
Ok, I'm very harsh; however, this author as well as publicists should no longer be allowed to work in media. I found it very contrite and far too straight forward. Patterson tells the reader what to think and fell rather than allow the reader to perceive things on his own. Moreover, the narration is done by two people--only one of whom did a fine job. The other made it his goal to make all the characters sound blatantly homosexual. It was my fault for not previewing the book prior to checkout. Please don't make the same mistake. PATTERSON, I WANT MY 8 HOURS BACK!!!!!!
I just could not get past the main narrator's voice; It wasn't syn'd to the appropriate required emotion in many areas and I found myself too many times hearing the narrator read the lines instead of getting immersed in the story.
Ah, the story... it did seem that there was an incohesive character flaw with Alex Cross where he was involved in mass murders at one phase and then almost immediately sitting down to lunch at another phase without a care in the world. Come to think of it, that could have been exploited in the storyline as well.
Lines like, "I kissed Jamilla, 'down there'..." seems oddly quaint when most audiobooks (murder mysteries/crime drama, ah, why don't I just go ahead and say Kellerman,eh?)dive right into sex with no remorse, and with relish.
For example, the audiobook "Therapy" by Kellerman was written with a certain visceral topography that permeates all the characters throughout the story that deepens as things go from bad to worse, but this just doesn't happen here. The characters are shallow and the progression of the storyline tedious and you just don't get involved enough with the characters to care what happens to them.
It was a very halfhearted listen on my part. Thank god I only paid $9 for it.
I have liked his books in the past, but this one doesn't make any sense. Other than traveling it doesn't seem that Alex Cross does any investigating until after the deed is done, 3/4 through the book.
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